Our 26 Best Kebab Recipes

Chicken Meatball and Shishito Yakitori

These spectacular kebab recipes include spicy chicken skewers, grilled shrimp satay, delicious yakitori and more.

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Honey-Thyme Chicken-and-Apricot Kebabs

Honey-Thyme Chicken-and-Apricot Kebabs
© Nicole Franzen

To amp up simple grilled chicken kebabs, F&W's Justin Chapple adds fresh apricots to the skewers and brushes them with a sticky, fragrant honey-thyme glaze.

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Chicken Thigh Kebabs with Chile-Yogurt Sauce

Chicken Thigh Kebabs with Chile-Yogurt Sauce
© John Kernick

Simple and tasty, chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s sweet-smoky chicken is a great go-to dish any night of the week.

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Herb-Marinated Mixed Skewers

Herb-Marinated Mixed Skewers

Chef Matteo Gambi grills these marinated pork and bacon-wrapped turkey skewers for a great charred flavor, then finishes them in the oven to keep them juicy.

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Spiced Shrimp and Tomato Kebabs

Spiced Shrimp and Tomato Kebabs

This is a perfect party dish because it's so easy to assemble, and you can marinate and skewer the shrimp ahead of time.

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Tunisian Chicken Kebabs with Currants and Olives

Tunisian Chicken Kebabs with Currants and Olives

Susan Feniger's sweet-and-tangy marinated chicken skewers are adapted from her book, Street Food. They are flavorful enough to eat on their own, but they're even better with the chunky currant-and-olive relish.

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Red Curry Chicken Kebabs with Minty Yogurt Sauce

Red Curry Chicken Kebabs with Minty Yogurt Sauce
© Lucy Schaeffer

For spicy chicken kebabs as addictive as Buffalo wings, Kerry Simon creates a fantastically simple marinade using just jarred red curry paste, vegetable oil and salt.

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Vermicelli with Chicken Skewers and Nuoc Cham

Vermicelli with Chicken Skewers and Nuoc Cham
© Dana Gallagher

In this version of a Vietnamese dish, individual piles of cucumber, fresh herbs, and grilled chicken are arranged on a platter of vermicelli and bean sprouts. Tangy nuoc cham sauce is poured over all. As each diner takes a portion, the components intermingle.

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Grilled Shrimp Satay

Grilled Shrimp Satay
© John Kernick

In Singapore, satays are usually made with chicken or lamb. But for parties, Chris Yeo likes to use shrimp because he thinks it's more festive. He marinates the shellfish in an alluring mixture of sautéed garlic, ginger and ground spices, then threads each shrimp on its own skewer and grills them until they're lightly charred.

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Chicken Thigh Yakitori

Chicken Thigh Yakitori

These sweet, charred chicken skewers make a terrific appetizer or passed hors d'oeuvre.

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Spicy Lamb Shish Kebabs

Spicy Lamb Shish Kebabs
© Quentin Bacon

Lamb marinated in yogurt and grilled along chunks of zucchini makes for an easy meal, anytime.

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Grilled Squash Ribbons and Prosciutto with Mint Dressing

Grilled Squash Ribbons and Prosciutto with Mint Dressing
© Con Poulos

Grilling zucchini and summer squash ribbons on skewers is terrific because the edges become wonderfully charred and crisp, while the insides stay tender and juicy.

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Herb-Marinated Chicken Skewers with Harissa

Andres Barrera briefly marinates chicken in herbs and cumin before skewering and grilling it; then he serves it with a cool chickpea puree and fiery harissa. His harissa is a knockout, scented with toasted and ground cumin seeds, coriander and caraway seeds, but jarred harissa also works.

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Chile-Rubbed Swordfish Kebabs with Cucumber Salad

Chile-Rubbed Swordfish Kebabs with Cucumber Salad

Swordfish is an extra-healthy choice since it's a source of omega-3 fatty acids, but the assertive spice rub here also works well on shrimp and pork tenderloin.

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Shrimp and Lemon Skewers with Feta-Dill Sauce

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© KAREN MORDECHAI

Squeeze the charred lemons over the shrimp before serving for a tangy, smoky hit of flavor. You may want to make extra feta sauce to have with lean lamb steaks or chicken skewers.

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Grilled Zucchini Kebabs with Zucchini Dip

Grilled Zucchini Kebabs with Zucchini Dip

A great summer snack, vegetarian side, or way to use up an excess of zucchini, these kebabs cleverly use the vegetable as both the dip and the chip.

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Herb-and-Chile-Marinated Fish Shashlik

Herb-and-Chile-Marinated Fish Shashlik
© Martin Morrell

Russians usually make these fish kebabs with sturgeon, the firm-fleshed white fish prized for its caviar. Since most wild sturgeon is now endangered, look for sustainable farmed fish or try black cod or swordfish.

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

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These deliciously spiced grilled chicken skewers are perfect with a sweet-and-tangy peanut sauce.

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Bacon-and-Romaine Skewers with Blue Cheese Dressing

Bacon-and-Romaine Skewers with Blue Cheese Dressing
Jody Horton

Wedge salad (iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing and bacon) is a classic American dish. Here, James Holmes reconfigures it as a playful cocktail snack.

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Tomato-and-Cilantro-Marinated Chicken Shashlik

Tomato-and-Cilantro-Marinated Chicken Shashlik

Grating tomatoes is a quick way to create the juicy puree that becomes a tangy base for a super-simple marinade.

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Grilled Lamb and Red Onion Skewers

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Monkfish and Chorizo Kebabs

Monkfish and Chorizo Kebabs
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Middle Eastern Lamb Skewers

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Chef Michael Solomonov adds onion juice or pureed onions to his Middle Eastern–style marinades to tenderize and caramelize the meat. The marinade is great on chicken breast as well as lamb.

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Turkey Kibbe Kebabs with Two Sauces

Turkey Kibbe Kebabs with Two Sauces

Kibbe kebabs are made from chopped meat and (very often) bulgur and formed into sausagelike shapes. Here, turkey replaces the traditional lamb.

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Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Kebabs With Lemon Butter

Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Kebabs With Lemon Butter
© Kana Okada

Here, lamb is marinated in yogurt to make it exceptionally tender, then given an extra burst of tangy flavor with a basting of lemon butter just before serving.

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Chicken Meatball and Shishito Yakitori

Chicken Meatball and Shishito Yakitori

These juicy Japanese meatballs, known as tsukune, are grilled on skewers with the finger-size green peppers called shishitos. Most shishitos are mild, but about 10 percent are quite spicy, so be warned: There's no way to tell which kind you've got before you bite.

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Shawarma-Style Chicken and Mushroom Kebabs

Shawarma Style Chicken and Mushroom Kebabs Recipe
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Dickey / Prop Styling Heather Chadduck

These juicy kebabs mimic the flavor of shawarma by starting over high heat and finishing over low heat, ensuring a crisp exterior and a flavorful interior.

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